Razor Sharp

This Made in the USA razor sharpener keeps your blades like new in just a few swipes. Hone Alone was created by professional woodworker Keith Brandman. Keith’s passion for green solutions, together with over four decades of sharpening chisels and plane irons, informed his final design. Your blades will live five to seven times longer by wetting and sliding them against the honing pad—opposite to the direction you shave. You’ll be getting 35 to 40 shaves from your run-of-the-mill cartridge. This daily hack is kind to your wallet and the environment.

Hone Alone

Razor Sharpening Block

Razor Sharp

This Made in the USA razor sharpener keeps your blades like new in just a few swipes. Hone Alone was created by professional woodworker Keith Brandman. Keith’s passion for green solutions, together with over four decades of sharpening chisels and plane irons, informed his final design. Your blades will live five to seven times longer by wetting and sliding them against the honing pad—opposite to the direction you shave. You’ll be getting 35 to 40 shaves from your run-of-the-mill cartridge. This daily hack is kind to your wallet and the environment.
Independent Maker
Made in the USA
Sustainable Living

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Keith
    Keith

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Hone Alone to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • diane
    diane
    12/23/2016 10:03 AM

    Happy Holidays Keith! I'm wondering if this works with drug store disposable razors ?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:12 AM

    @diane

    Hi Diane,

    Absolutely. Just get the head wet, make about 6 passes over the pad!

    Hope you have a Happy Holiday as well!!

    Keith

  • toby
    toby
    12/23/2016 10:18 AM

    Can this be used on pocket knifes?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:17 AM

    @toby

    Hi Toby,

    One of the most important parts of sharpening is maintaining the angle of the bevel. Since the razor cartridges keep the blades aligned on the honing pad it'works, but not with your knife. Sorry.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    12/23/2016 1:26 PM

    @Keith

    Will this work for a hair cutting razor?

  • Charles
    Charles
    12/23/2016 10:38 AM

    Does this work with double edge razor blades?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:20 AM

    @Charles Hi Charles,

    We have not tested DE safety razor blades. If you keep the blade in the razor head and at the proper blade angle it may work but it is not our recommendation. Maybe a good time to switch to a cartridge and Hone Alone!

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    12/23/2016 10:52 AM

    What blades will this work with? Harry's? Gillette Fusion?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:24 AM

    @Joseph

    Hi Joseph,

    Yes and yes. It works with Harry's, Gillette, Schick, Dollar Shave Club, Venus, etc. Any and all cartridge razors. We have many (happy) customers that use these blades.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    12/23/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi Keith - intriguing product!! Does the "moisturizing strip" on most cartridges interfere with the sharpening process?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:30 AM

    @Kathleen

    Hi Kathleen,

    Doesn't interfere in the least. I have sharpened my blase so long that no only is the color gone from the strip but most of the strip is gone as well. The strip is supposed to tell you when to change blades. Hone Alone negates the strip altogether.

    Happy Holiday,

    Keith

  • James
    James
    12/23/2016 11:05 AM

    Will this work on double-edge safety blades?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:32 AM

    @James

    Hi James,

    Check out the response to Charles. We really don't recommend Hone Alone for DE safety razors.

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Donald
    Donald
    12/23/2016 11:12 AM

    I use a double edge safety razor - will your sharpening block work?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:34 AM

    @Donald

    Hi, Donald,

    We don't recommend using Hone Alone with DE safety razors. Please see my response to Charles.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • John
    John
    12/23/2016 11:48 AM

    Hi Keith,

    what is the difference between Hone Alone and a standard sharpening stone?

    Louis

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 12:48 PM

    @John Hi Louis,

    The blades in these cartridges are so fine if you try to sharpen with a stone or even super fine sandpaper (3600 grit) you get a sharp blade but a harsh shave since the leading edge of the blade will be pitted. Honing works, as mentioned, I went from 5 shaves per cartridge to 35-40.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    12/23/2016 11:50 AM

    I shave while in the shower. How well would this hold up if kept in a shower being that it's made from wood? Would it warp with time?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:03 PM

    @Jeff

    Hi Jeff,

    There is a finish on the wood but that is always a temporary barrier. I think it would last a couple years before there is any issues. I keep mine on the bathroom counter where it is exposed to water and my wet hands and have used the same one for over 6 years.Still looks great although the finish is off the edges. My wife keeps hers in the shower (about 5 years now) but I painted hers (she loves purple).

    Hope this answers your question.

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Lawrence
    Lawrence
    12/23/2016 12:42 PM

    Keith,

    Looks a lot like another product out there where you have to buy the entire system every year as that is the life expectancy. How about your system? How long before it has to be replaced, and can you just replace the sharpening mat?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:06 PM

    @Lawrence

    Hi Lawrence,

    I can't tell you how they last. I have been using the same one for over 6 years and it shows no sign of wear and works perfect. I have heard the same from many customers.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Robert
    Robert
    12/23/2016 12:46 PM

    Hi Keith

    Is there any sharpening compound that has to be added after a while or is this just smooth leather stropping ? By the way Have you seen www.Vac-U-Shield.com?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:11 PM

    @Robert

    Hi Robert,

    The only lubricant you need is water. No compounds to buy. I have used Japanese water stones for over 25 years and like the simplicity.

    I just checked out Vac-u-shield and although it wouldn't work for my needs, any way you can collect dust...do it!

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Mayer
    Mayer
    12/23/2016 12:53 PM

    Hello, Keith. I note the description says to pass the razor over the block in the direction of shaving. Since I shave in multiple directions, does that mean the sharpening should also be done in multiple directions? Thanks and best for the holidays.

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:15 PM

    @Mayer

    Hi Mayer,

    Actually, you pass the blade in the opposite direction of shaving. Remember, you want to shave your face...not the Hone Alone. That is the only direction you need regardless of how many directions you shave.

    Happy Holidays to you too!

    Cheers,

    Keith

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Hone Alone

Razor Sharpening Block

Razor Sharp

This Made in the USA razor sharpener keeps your blades like new in just a few swipes.

Hone Alone was created by professional woodworker Keith Brandman. Keith’s passion for green solutions, together with over four decades of sharpening chisels and plane irons, informed his final design.

Your blades will live five to seven times
longer by wetting and sliding them against the honing pad—opposite to the direction you shave. You’ll be getting 35 to 40 shaves from your run-of-the-mill cartridge.

This daily hack is kind to your wallet and the environment.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Keith
    Keith

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Hone Alone to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • diane
    diane
    12/23/2016 10:03 AM

    Happy Holidays Keith! I'm wondering if this works with drug store disposable razors ?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:12 AM

    @diane

    Hi Diane,

    Absolutely. Just get the head wet, make about 6 passes over the pad!

    Hope you have a Happy Holiday as well!!

    Keith

  • toby
    toby
    12/23/2016 10:18 AM

    Can this be used on pocket knifes?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:17 AM

    @toby

    Hi Toby,

    One of the most important parts of sharpening is maintaining the angle of the bevel. Since the razor cartridges keep the blades aligned on the honing pad it'works, but not with your knife. Sorry.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    12/23/2016 1:26 PM

    @Keith

    Will this work for a hair cutting razor?

  • Charles
    Charles
    12/23/2016 10:38 AM

    Does this work with double edge razor blades?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:20 AM

    @Charles Hi Charles,

    We have not tested DE safety razor blades. If you keep the blade in the razor head and at the proper blade angle it may work but it is not our recommendation. Maybe a good time to switch to a cartridge and Hone Alone!

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Joseph
    Joseph
    12/23/2016 10:52 AM

    What blades will this work with? Harry's? Gillette Fusion?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:24 AM

    @Joseph

    Hi Joseph,

    Yes and yes. It works with Harry's, Gillette, Schick, Dollar Shave Club, Venus, etc. Any and all cartridge razors. We have many (happy) customers that use these blades.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen
    12/23/2016 11:02 AM

    Hi Keith - intriguing product!! Does the "moisturizing strip" on most cartridges interfere with the sharpening process?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:30 AM

    @Kathleen

    Hi Kathleen,

    Doesn't interfere in the least. I have sharpened my blase so long that no only is the color gone from the strip but most of the strip is gone as well. The strip is supposed to tell you when to change blades. Hone Alone negates the strip altogether.

    Happy Holiday,

    Keith

  • James
    James
    12/23/2016 11:05 AM

    Will this work on double-edge safety blades?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:32 AM

    @James

    Hi James,

    Check out the response to Charles. We really don't recommend Hone Alone for DE safety razors.

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Donald
    Donald
    12/23/2016 11:12 AM

    I use a double edge safety razor - will your sharpening block work?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 11:34 AM

    @Donald

    Hi, Donald,

    We don't recommend using Hone Alone with DE safety razors. Please see my response to Charles.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • John
    John
    12/23/2016 11:48 AM

    Hi Keith,

    what is the difference between Hone Alone and a standard sharpening stone?

    Louis

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 12:48 PM

    @John Hi Louis,

    The blades in these cartridges are so fine if you try to sharpen with a stone or even super fine sandpaper (3600 grit) you get a sharp blade but a harsh shave since the leading edge of the blade will be pitted. Honing works, as mentioned, I went from 5 shaves per cartridge to 35-40.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Jeff
    Jeff
    12/23/2016 11:50 AM

    I shave while in the shower. How well would this hold up if kept in a shower being that it's made from wood? Would it warp with time?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:03 PM

    @Jeff

    Hi Jeff,

    There is a finish on the wood but that is always a temporary barrier. I think it would last a couple years before there is any issues. I keep mine on the bathroom counter where it is exposed to water and my wet hands and have used the same one for over 6 years.Still looks great although the finish is off the edges. My wife keeps hers in the shower (about 5 years now) but I painted hers (she loves purple).

    Hope this answers your question.

    Thanks,

    Keith

  • Lawrence
    Lawrence
    12/23/2016 12:42 PM

    Keith,

    Looks a lot like another product out there where you have to buy the entire system every year as that is the life expectancy. How about your system? How long before it has to be replaced, and can you just replace the sharpening mat?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:06 PM

    @Lawrence

    Hi Lawrence,

    I can't tell you how they last. I have been using the same one for over 6 years and it shows no sign of wear and works perfect. I have heard the same from many customers.

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Robert
    Robert
    12/23/2016 12:46 PM

    Hi Keith

    Is there any sharpening compound that has to be added after a while or is this just smooth leather stropping ? By the way Have you seen www.Vac-U-Shield.com?

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:11 PM

    @Robert

    Hi Robert,

    The only lubricant you need is water. No compounds to buy. I have used Japanese water stones for over 25 years and like the simplicity.

    I just checked out Vac-u-shield and although it wouldn't work for my needs, any way you can collect dust...do it!

    Cheers,

    Keith

  • Mayer
    Mayer
    12/23/2016 12:53 PM

    Hello, Keith. I note the description says to pass the razor over the block in the direction of shaving. Since I shave in multiple directions, does that mean the sharpening should also be done in multiple directions? Thanks and best for the holidays.

  • Keith
    Keith
    12/23/2016 1:15 PM

    @Mayer

    Hi Mayer,

    Actually, you pass the blade in the opposite direction of shaving. Remember, you want to shave your face...not the Hone Alone. That is the only direction you need regardless of how many directions you shave.

    Happy Holidays to you too!

    Cheers,

    Keith

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.